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Revised questionnaire on the experiences of Parties and others in the implementation of the Technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention

Background

 
In paragraph 3 of decision BC-12/5, Parties and others were invited to use the technical guidelines and to submit, not later than two months before the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, through the Secretariat, comments on their experience in the use of the technical guidelines. The Secretariat was requested to prepare a compilation of these comments for consideration by the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
 
At its tenth meeting, the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) recognized the need to collect more information on the experiences of Parties in the implementation of the technical guidelines. In this regard, the OEWG in its decision OEWG-10/5:
 
(a) Requested the Secretariat to send out a questionnaire, to be developed in consultation with the small intersessional working group, to Parties and others by 29 July 2016, in order to gather information on their experiences in the implementation of the technical guidelines;
 
(b) Invited Parties to provide responses to the questionnaire mentioned in paragraph (a) above to the Secretariat by 15 January 2017;
 
(c) Requested the Secretariat to prepare a compilation of responses received pursuant to paragraph (b) above for consideration by the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
 
At its thirteenth meeting, by its decision BC-13/5, the Conference of the Parties (COP), established an expert working group to undertake further work on the technical guidelines. The government of China has offered to lead the referred work.
 
In paragraph 11 of the same decision, the COP, requested the Secretariat to develop, as appropriate, and in consultation with the lead country, a revised questionnaire based upon paragraph 3 of decisions OEWG-10/5, and send it out to Parties and others by 30 September 2017. Parties and others are invited to provide responses to the questionnaire to the Secretariat by 30 November 2017.